AAP Calls for Ban on Infant Walkers
Read statistics from a 25-year study
The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for a ban on the manufacture and sale of infant walkers in the U.S. Here are some statistics from a 25-year study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio:
• 9,000 children are injured each year by infant walkers.
• 30,676 infant walker-related injuries among children younger than 15 months were treated in U.S. emergency departments during the 25-year study period.
• Most children (74.1%) were injured by falling down stairs in an infant walker and 90.6% of injuries were to the head/neck.
• Among the 4.5% of patients admitted to the hospital, 37.8% had a skull fracture.
• Overall infant walker-related and stair fall-related injuries in 1990-2003 decreased by 84.5% and 91.0%, respectively.
• The total number of injuries decreased by 22.7% during the four-year period following implementation of the federal mandatory safety standard, compared with the four-year period prior to the standard.